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Monday, July 13, 2015

Unhappy Ending for Man Accused of Stealing Electricity to Illegally Grow Pot at Home

Posted By on Mon, Jul 13, 2015 at 10:13 AM

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Over the weekend, Monterey County sheriff's deputies arrested a man identified as Douglas King after discovering 1,502 marijuana plants, 6.71 pounds of processed marijuana, and butane honey oil manufacturing equipment in his San Miguel home.

As Kron 4 reports, King told police he had a marijuana prescription card, which turned out to be expired. Another (admittedly unrelated) strike against King: He’s a registered sex offender.

Deputies were reportedly led to the house after a California Fish and Wildlife officer investigating illegal trash dumping stumbled on a PG&E bill listing an address on Hidden Creek Road. Deputies later determined that King was stealing electricity to maintain his illegal grow operation.

For the non-stoners among you, Vice offers this nutshell summary of butane honey oil:

Simply put, BHO is made by blasting marijuana with butane, a solvent that takes all the THC with it and nothing else. Evaporating away the butane leaves only the resin, a viscous, amber-colored, waxy substance. BHO is vaporized, either in a pan or using a dabbing pipe, which is where the phrase ‘Dabbing Errl’ comes from—you blowtorch the titanium bowl piece until it's red hot, then you use a pointy tool to press the oil onto the metal and it bursts into a vapor cloud that you inhale rapidly.

The lesson here: If you’re going to steal electricity to grow weed and use your prescription card as justification, at least make sure your card isn't expired.

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